James Gunn (senator)

James Gunn (senator)

James Gunn (March 13, 1753 – July 301801) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senate for Georgia.

Gunn was born in Virginia to John and Mary Gunn. After being educated to the law, he moved and began the practice of law in Savannah, Georgia. Gunn served in militia dragoon units during the Revolutionary War, and eventually rose to brigadier general in the Georgia militia.

Gunn was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787 but never attended sessions. He was elected a United States Senator for the First United States Congress and drew a six year term in the lottery. He was re-elected in 1795 and served out his second term until March 1801. Shortly after, Gunn died in Louisville, Georgia and is buried at the Old State Capitol.

A World War liberty ship, the "SS James Gunn, ATS-0044" was named for him.

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